While the 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion at Anfield was notable for a number of reasons, for Adam Lallana it was an extra special occasion.
The fixture was Lallana’s 100th appearance for Liverpool and while he couldn’t manage to sweeten his century with a goal or assist, he still put in a class performance full of the hard work, quick feet and constant running we’ve become accustomed to since Klopp’s arrival.
Having initially struggled to consistently make himself a key part of Liverpool’s squad since signing from Southampton in the Summer of 2014, Lallana has gone from strength to strength under Jurgen Klopp. The German manager’s high tempo, fast paced style of play has been perfect for Lallana and the Englishman has been exceptional despite playing in a new central role this season so far.
“Time flies when you’re having fun and doing what you love,” said Lallana. “I’m just delighted to be playing in a team that’s doing well. When I first joined it was a different manager and lots of different personnel, but football clubs move on.”
The Englishman may not have managed a goal or assist during the match but he was quick to point out just how happy he is that the Reds took the three points regardless of who it was putting the ball in the net.
“Looking at the squad we’ve got dynamic players, technical players, quick players, clever players.. on another day it could have been three or four nil against West Brom. We work for each other and we’ve just got to be consistent. But we did enough to get the win and that was the main thing.”
Lallana also added that he felt the victory over West Brom showed how quickly the Reds can adapt to certain teams styles of play having struggled against a similar approach from Manchester United on Monday.
“I thought we did well on Monday night and talking among the players we were disappointed not to win,” he said. “So it was important to back that up and for me, that makes the point on Monday a very good one. Three points is massive for us.”
He’s certainly not wrong. The Reds have now taken 17 points from their last available 21 and sit equal on points with Arsenal and Manchester City at the very top of the table, nestling in nicely amongst the early pace-setters. While Jurgen Klopp has joked that nobody just “wants to be top in October,” it’s hard not to feel excited with the way that recent results have gone for the Reds.
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